Tuesday, April 19, 2011
In Honor of National Poetry Month...
The Poetry of Yasmin Morais
Selections from her book "From Cane Field to the Sea"
She cleaned offices by night,
always holding on tight
to the dream of owning a piece of the rock.
Every pound and shilling mattered.
Soon, she withdrew from the Bank of Mattress,
enough to pay down on a small property in Kingston.
She stared at the receipt with incredulity.
Semi-literate single mother
on her way to owning land?
One more baby and many hardships later,
Belle lost her property and her dreams.
My grandma went to her grave feeling
smart-talking lawyers deliberately cheated her.
"God bless you my child," my grandma would say
for simple acts of love I'd do each day.
Combing her hair.
A drink of water.
Reading chapters of her favorite book.
All these elicited outpoured blessings, not fully understood
by my young mind.
Now the flowing bounties I see
confirm the legacy of my grandma's blessings
resting on me.
(C) 2011 Yasmin Morais
Yasmin Morais was born in Jamaica.
She lived in Toronto for nine years and now resides in the U.S.
She is a Librarian in a law library and blogs at Poets of the Caribbean.
Visit her site and enjoy more of her words and works at:
Poets of the Caribbean.
SPECIAL NOTE: Pen and Prosper is sponsoring a give-away for National Poetry Month! Comment on any blog post during the month of April, and you could win a free copy of Yasmin's poetry book! Two random winners will be selected.
Image Photography BJWOK